Social Groups on EpicSki
Social groups are a feature that allows forum members to create "clubs" to discuss topics of shared interest. This feature will allow forum members with similar interests to have a place to gather and share information, banter away, or to find other forum members in the same geographical area. We believe this feature has great promise for local Bears who ski at a particular mountain -- for instance, the mission of this thread on Berkshire East can now be accomplished as a social group, if those involved wish to do so.
How to Set Up a Group
Any forum member can start a social group. Each group will have its own forum and the group page will list the members of the group as well as a "Join" button to allow visitors to join. All content in all Social Groups is publicly visible, but only group members may contribute content and participate. For example, only members of the Seven Springs Group may post messages and images to its gallery.
Just one caveat: choose a descriptive name for your group! The name can't be changed after the group is created.
To start a successful group, you need to have a name, a good description of the group objectives, and it helps to recruit members. Posting at least one, and preferably more topic starters as threads in the new group forum is a better way to get participation than just waiting for it to happen. The moderation team can help. If you can identify several existing forum threads that are relevant to your group, we can move the threads to your group area. This has two benefits, you have an instant forum and subscribed members. It takes some effort to start and keep a group active, so think about how to use existing threads and ask us to help you feature the discussion on the home page carousel.
How to Find Groups
The address to get to Social Groups is: http://www.epicski.com/groups
This page lists the newly-created and most-popular Groups on your community and lets members navigate by tag. You can also use the Search function and click the tab labeled "Groups" to find the group you are looking for.
After you've joined one or more Groups, they'll show up in a box on your profile page. When you tag Groups, they can be promoted as "Related Groups" in relevant areas of the site in the same way that Related Forum Threads and Related Articles now appear in the right column of various pages.
There are two types of Social Groups:
- Open membership: anyone may join by clicking the "Join" button.
- Membership by approval: clicking the join button initiates a PM requesting membership that will be sent to the Group Lead for approval.
Group Leads are the members in charge; the member who creates a Group is the first Lead, but that person may appoint additional Group Leads.
What can a Group Lead do?
- Receive join requests (for membership-by-approval groups) and approve/deny them.
- Edit the Group description and change the thumbnail image.
- Ban a member, making it impossible for that member to re-join.
- Remove images from the shared gallery.
- Send a PM to all members at once.
- Promote other members to Group Lead (there can be more than 1 lead in the same Group).
- Demote him/herself to a regular Group member.
What can't a Group Lead do?
- Change the name of the Group (choose carefully!!!).
- Demote another Lead back to a regular member.
- Act as a moderator within the Group forum (e.g., delete/edit others' posts and threads, etc.).
Leads can't demote each other, but they may demote themselves.
Social Groups Rules
Our rules for the groups are the same as the rest of the site: The short version of which is "use your common sense." Act with respect towards fellow forum members and you won't have any issues. Remember, your posts are public and are visible to fellow members. We're pretty easy going regarding moderation and will allow groups to be created and a variety of topics to be discussed.
And as mentioned above, choose a descriptive name for your group. Names can't be edited once groups are created, so choose a great name for your group. If the name chosen is offensive, we'll delete the group and ask the leader(s) to start over.
In the interests of refining these rules, the following types of groups will not be permitted, and creation of these types of groups may result in some sort of punishment. If you'd like to create a group but aren't sure of its "legality," contact Cirquerider.
- Hate groups
- Religious or Political Groups
- Duplicate groups (especially when they're done so you can become a Leader)
- Spam, advertising, or other such groups (It's okay to create a group like "Volkl Lovers" so long as you're not a Volkl employee. Insiders and sponsors of the site are welcome to start groups about their products, of course, so long as the groups are clearly convened as a product focus group.)
- Do not create Groups for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or self-promotion.
- Do not create Groups for the purpose of evangelizing a particular technique or point of view